Abbeyfeale Community Defibrillator Hand-Over

At the handing over of the defibrillators and cabinets at Leen's Hotel were: Micheal Lane, Chairman Abbeyfeale Pastoral Council; Canon Tony Mullins PP; Marian Harnett, ACC; Maurice O'Connell, Chairman ACC; Cllr Francis Foley, Marie McElligott, Tidy Towns; Gerardine O'Brien, Abbeyfeale Town Park and Kevin Kenneally, Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns.
At the handing over of the defibrillators and cabinets at Leen’s Hotel were: Micheal Lane, Chairman Abbeyfeale Pastoral Council; Canon Tony Mullins PP; Marian Harnett, ACC; Maurice O’Connell, Chairman ACC; Cllr Francis Foley, Marie McElligott, Tidy Towns; Gerardine O’Brien, Abbeyfeale Town Park and Kevin Kenneally, Abbeyfeale Tidy Towns.

Abbeyfeale Community Council initiatives 

Abbeyfeale Community Council under the stewardship of Chairman Maurice O’Connell and Secretary Trevor McCarthy have been credited with a number of initiatives in the Abbeyfeale area over the past while.

The latest collaboration between the ACC, the church pastoral council, the Tidy Towns committee and the town park committee, along with a top-up contribution from Cllr. Francis Foley’s GMA Fund has resulted in the successful overall funding and purchase of three high-end defibrillators and three all-weather lockable cabinets.

The defibrillators and cabinets which were presented to the respective groups in Leen’s Hotel on Friday August 4th. are due to be installed in the church grounds, the square and the town park over the next couple of weeks.

The lifesaving equipment was long overdue at these busy locations and will further compliment the defibrillators currently located at the GAA, soccer and rugby grounds along with the one located at the Abbeyfeale and District Search and Rescue.

It’s another perfect example of how the coming together of various voluntary groups and individuals within a community can result in the implementation of a successful project.

Launch of World Meeting of Families Programme in Knock

Families representing each diocese will travel to Knock for this special day on Monday, August 21.

A newly commissioned Icon of the Holy Family will be unveiled and anointed in the Basilica following which, the Icon will travel to each diocese around the country as part of the WMOF2018 celebrations.  Would you and your family like to join us on pilgrimage to Knock for this special day?

Please let us know immediately – if we have enough interest, we will organise a bus! Call us on 061 31 5856 if you are interested -. It is also hoped to have a special ‘Witness Walk’ at 7pm, prior to the Novena evening Mass. This is to remember the witnesses and follows a route around the village and Shrine grounds followed by a special blessing in the Apparition Chapel. Very Rev Diarmuid Martin, Archbishop of Dublin will highlight family life with ‘When Plates Fly! Pope Francis on the joys and challenges of family life’ and workshops will be facilitated by Fr Timothy Bartlett on how to make technology more family friendly.

Great Southern Trail

On Saturday, August 26 we hope to visit the Old Rail Trail in Co. Westmeath Greenway which links Mullingar with Athlone. The option of walking various lengths or cycling the entire 25mile/40km route will be provided – bike hire will be extra. Coach departs from Newcastle West, Market Yard at 8am. with a breakfast stop in Birr and evening dinner in Moate included for €50.  If interested please contact Pat Condon, Upper Maiden St., Newcastle West  069 62344 (phone preferably between 5-6pm) without delay as all of our previous day trips have been fully booked.

Finding Nemo At The Glórach

The magical world of Pixar animation comes to our local theatre with the screening of Finding Nemo on Sunday, August 6 at 2.30 pm, as part of our children’s matinee summer season.

The film received universal critical acclaim, so don’t miss the chance to see this oceanic adventure on the big screen on Sunday.  Children must be accompanied by an adult, for bookings or enquiries, please call 0871383940.

Free Computer And Internet Training Course

Digital Skills for Citizens computer and internet training at Abbeyfeale library began recently and the course will run every Friday for five weeks.  It will then start up again and hopefully, if enough people show interest, will run continuously.  It aims to give beginners the confidence and skills required to benefit from the internet so farmers who need to register with the Dept. of Agr should be doing this, elderly people who are not used to banking on line will find this useful when our local branch stops providing counter services and as there will be only 8 people on each course you will get plenty of one to one help.   The course will cover internet security, emails, search engines and websites, accessing government services, conducting everyday transactions, shopping, banking and security, and voice and video calls online. Digital Skills is free to all participants and beginners are welcome. Participants are encouraged to bring their laptops or tablet PCs if available. Call Iolar Training on 089 420 7708 for more information or to book a place.

Training Opportunities

If you’ve experienced a personal setback, long-term illness, have a disability or are an early school leaver one of National Learning Network’s full-time courses will give you the confidence to open up new opportunities for further training or employment.  If you wish to pursue a career in I.T./Admin we currently have vacancies on our I.T. Office Skills Programme which is suitable for beginners or those wishing to advance their current skills.  Nationally recognised awards available on completion of programme.  To find out more: ring Val or Trish at 061 229777, email or visit our stand at the Department of Social Protection in Newcastle West on Tuesday or Wednesday next.

Pioneer Gathering

The Munster Pioneer Gathering and Spirituality Day will take place in The Woodlands House Hotel in Adare on October 1st. 2017. This will be a most important day for the future of the Pioneer Association in Munster.

80’S Night At Fr. Casey’s

Put it in the diary.  A back to the 80’s Disco will take place as a fundraiser for facilities development at Fr. Casey’s GAA Clubhouse on Saturday, August 12 beginning 9.30ish.  Leg Warmers are optional, miniskirts are a given, glitter and glam, velour, big earrings and spandex can be resurrected if you want to win a prize for your get up.  Finger food will be served and there will be loads of spot prizes.

Kellogg’s Cúl Camp

Calling all six to 13 year olds again this year for the Kellogg’s sponsored GAA Cúl Camp which is taking place at Fr Casey’s GAA in Abbeyfeale on August 14-18.  Bookings are done on-line, just google Cúl Camp and follow instructions thereafter.

Charity Ceili

A Charity Ceili is being held in Knockaderry Resource Centre on Friday August 11th. at 9.30pm. Music is by the StriolanCeili band. A raffle will be held with spot prizes galore. Tea will also be served. All profits will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society.  Contact Teresa 0879427259 or Deirdre on 0861630201. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

Graveyard Mass

Reilig Ide Naofa Graveyard Mass will take place on Thursday, August 17 at7.30pm.

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